Your windows are the gateway to your home.
They keep out the elements, they ensure that the temperature is regulated and they also, very importantly, keep unwanted people out of your home. Break-and-enter is a fairly rare occurrence as far as the general population goes, but depending on where you live, it can be a major risk. If you are worried that your windows may not be as intruder-proof as they could be, regardless of the area you live in, below are some tips to ensure that they are.
Invest in tempered reinforced glass
One of the easiest ways to reinforce glass is to invest in tempered glass. Tempered glass is a lot stronger than traditional glass and more difficult to break. It’s also one of the least expensive reinforcing options for your windows.
Polycarbonate and plexiglas
Plexiglas, also know as acrylic plastic, is about as thick as a traditional window but is generally tested to be around 10 times stronger. Polycarbonate windows can be on the pricier side but are more secure, as well as being more impact resistant than safety glass and stronger than acrylic windows.
Having iron bars on the outside of your windows is the best way to upgrade the security of your home without having to make any alterations to your windows. Even if a would-be thief manages to break your windows, there is still no way they are getting through the iron bars. Many people object to iron bars because they feel that they give their home the look of a prison, but depending on where you live and how much you value the added protection, they could make a lot of sense.
There are a wide range of window alarms on the market today, including window sensor alarms, which detect when a window has been broken and sound an alarm to warn you and your family, as well as smart alarms, which are wireless, easy to set up and can be installed on any window in your home.
Keeping you, your family and your belongings safe should always be your main priority. Whether you live in an area where break-and-enters are a major cause for concern, or would simply like the added peace of mind (especially if you spend ample time out of town and out of your home during the year) your windows need to be fortified.
Keep the above suggestions in mind and choose the window security system that is right for you.